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Authored by: fjordaan on Apr 21, '10 03:12:52AM

I don't get either Exposť or Spaces.

(For the last 3 years my primary work computer is a Mac, but I use both Mac and Windows every day.)

Exposť seems to be an attempted solution at Cmd-Tab which was never correctly copied from Windows. Application-switching is not what you want, *window-switching* is. You want to hop between your current window and the last window you were in (or second-last, or third-last), never mind whether it's in a different application or the same one. And you want to do so by muscle memory alone, without having to look/read in order to make a selection (which is why Witch doesn't work for me). Exposť has the same problem -- when invoked, you have to squint for a few seconds to find the window you want. This is too slow.

I tried to get used to Exposť. At first I thought the hot corners were a very clever idea. But after months of trial, 4 out of 5 Exposť invocations were still accidental rather than on purpose. Just too irritating.

I agree with another poster that Spaces is largely unnecessary if you have multiple monitors. I currently have 3, each roughly dedicated to tasks. (One for email + terminal, one design and code, one just for web browsers.)

In my job I'm always working on several different jobs/projects/clients at the same time. Spaces would make sense to me if I could use it to organise projects, rather than tasks/activities. Each project involves a combination of code, design and office apps, as well email and browser. And just particular windows/tabs in each. Clearly Spaces wouldn't do this for me. I'm not sure if any window manager in any OS does that.

I'd be interested to know whether anyone else has similar views.

francois



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